Announcement: games.on.net to retire file library at end of February

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By on February 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

It is with a heavy heart today that we must announce the upcoming closure of the games.on.net file library.

As more and more games companies push out content through their own delivery networks like Steam and Origin, the file library has become less and less important to today’s growing PC gaming audience.

Instead of fighting this change, we’ve decided to push our resources towards other areas, such as continuing to improve our massive, Australia-wide Steam Content Delivery Network.

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded from our file library in the past and to everyone who has suggested files for us to host on the mirror. You’re the best.

The games.on.net file library will close on February 28, 2014.

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That’s a shame. I enjoyed having those things to download from an unmetered source. Thanks for the good mirror times guys.

 
Anon. E. Moose

Sad news indeed but understandable, I haven’t actually downloaded from the file library in a very long time because I haven’t had to worry about quota free downloads for a few years.

I do remember requesting many large mods to be uploaded such as POOP and OOO for Oblivion back in the day so I could download them without wasting my precious 5GB a month at 128kpbs, thanks for the memories!

 

That sucks, but I understand the reason, I’ve been using it less and less over the years, but its certainly been amazing source of content, so thanks for providing it games.on.net :)

 

:(

Though iiNet has generously continued to upgrade my quote for free, I still loved the Library for those massive PC mods that otherwise possibly be on a slow cheap overseas server.

 
Artful-dodgeR

Like many others I’ve been using it less over the years but hell, it was the reason I joined up in the first place! Hopefully the saved dosh from this can be put towards other services :)

 

Sad but understandable, thanks to games.on.net (and Internode and now iiNet) for keeping it going as long as you have!

 

What are the chances of its current contents being made freely downloadable in its entirety from now until it’s closure? :)

 

Hmm this sucks, there goes a lot of unmetered content download. Are other ISP’s cutting their free content down at all?

 

tangles553:
What are the chances of its current contents being made freely downloadable in its entirety from now until it’s closure? :)

You might be underestimating how much data is stored in the file library.

 

ahh well :( thanks for the memories, and the quota free downloads :p

 

sathias: You might be underestimating how much data is stored in the file library.

Curious point that, I know it’s lots, but just how lots are we talking? Cas/Tim know a total amount? Says over 8TB on the files page. (Also how many unique files are there?)

 
WAusJackBauer

The main reason it’s a shame is because there’s map packs and mods for games and I wouldn’t know where else to find them.

 

makena: Curious point that, I know it’s lots, but just how lots are we talking? Cas/Tim know a total amount? Says over 8TB on the files page. (Also how many unique files are there?)

8371GB
38,102 Unique Items

 

Cas Bitton: 8371GB
38,102 Unique Items

many data, much files, wow

Thanks :D

 

More Value for Internode customers… I mean iiNet… wait, oh well. haha

 

this may be a long shot, but what are the chances of having a games.on.net bittorrent server? so that members can still download files that were from the library but not have it hosted on games.on.net? That way older map packs etc. wont be lost forever?

 

Haven’t used the library much since the website format changed. That said yeah, there are some files in there that will be difficult to locate anywhere else, if at all. It’s been a great service.

 

the file server became less and less used because the functionality because sh**house when GON upgraded their site.

Had you put more resources in the make the library browsable by category & game and people would have used it. the file mirror was always my first port of call when browsing files available for games purely to see what was out there/popular.

Still, I can understand the closure of the mirror – it doesn’t bring in revenue.

 

v4moose,

Agreed. I’ve never liked the new layout of the file section, the old way was much easier to find stuff.

 

Had great use of the file service over the years. Thanks for all the great stuff! Must give the friendlies a call at internode and see about upping my quota.

 
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